Kenya Launches 'Major' Assault on Mall, Death Toll Hits 68
Security forces plan to end standoff tonight
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2013 2:51 PM CDT
Trucks of soldiers from the Kenya Defense Forces arrive after dawn outside the Westgate Mall.   (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

(Newser) – The death toll in the deadly attack on Nairobi's Westgate mall has risen to 68, according to the Red Cross, after the bodies of nine hostages were recovered today. Red Cross volunteers believe there are more bodies still inside the mall, but they're not reachable at the moment, Reuters reports. Kenyan government sources say there are about 30 hostages still being held inside the mall by gunmen believed to be al-Shabaab militants, reports CNN. Security forces say they have just launched a "major" assault on the mall, and plan to bring an end to the standoff tonight, the AP reports. "Our forces will prevail," Kenya's Disaster Operations Centre tweeted. "Kenyans are standing firm against aggression, and we will win."

In related news Stateside, Rep. Peter King, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, claimed on ABC's This Week show this morning that al-Shabaab had recruited up to 50 members from Somali communities in the US, with between 15 and 20 of those people still active in the group "I would assume that the FBI and local law enforcement are looking into those Somali-American communities today ... to make sure that there is no follow up attempt here in the United States," he said. Meanwhile, President Obama has called Kenyan President Kenyatta to express his condolences, and offer US support for bringing the attackers to justice, USA Today reports.

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Flewt
Sep 23, 2013 3:01 AM CDT
"I would assume that the FBI and local law enforcement are looking into those Somali-American communities today ... to make sure that there is no follow up attempt here in the United States," Yes indeed, Congressman Peter and that mentality is still alive and well in America, just like the presumptions against the German Americans during World War I, and the Japanese American during World War II.
reallybig
Sep 23, 2013 12:24 AM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD..... It was easy for Kenya, to attack Al-Qaeda in Somalia, Now, the Kenyans know? .. it's also easy for Al-Qaeda to attack them too. When Kenya joined the "War on Terror" .. terrorists came calling... REALLY
Ivan_the_Gypsy
Sep 23, 2013 12:20 AM CDT
Civilization's cancer, religion, grows and grows and yet few seem to see religion what it really is: Ignorance and superstition making life worse and worse for far too many people.